Ronny Deila confirms Celtic will appeal Dedryck Boyata red card

Ronny Deila

The Bhoys boss believes that it was the wrong decision to send off the defender in the draw against Hamilton.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has confirmed to reporters, as quoted by the club's official Twitter account, that he will be appealing the red card shown to Dedryck Boyata in the draw against Hamilton Academical on Friday night.

The former Manchester City defender was sent off three minutes before half time for a challenge he made on Carlton Morris whilst the last man in the backline.

Accies went on to hit a second-half equaliser and keep 10-man Celtic under pressure until the final whistle as the Bhoys missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of SPL.

However, after watching replays of the incident Deila is adamant that Boyata got his foot on the ball and made a fair tackle rather than bringing his man down, and announced the club's intention to contest the decision.

He told reporters, as quoted by the club's Twitter account: "I have seen it many times. Having seen it from angles, I think it's the wrong decision. His foot is on the ball. We will therefore appeal it. We were punished by going down to 10 men but hopefully we don't get a suspension."

Despite insisting that the call was a wrong one, the Norwegian boss admitted that his defenders need to ensure that they stay on their feet in tricky situations so as not to give referees an opportunity to decide that a foul has been committed.

Deila added: "I am still saying in these situations that I want my defenders to stay on their feet. We have quick defenders and running with people is better than taking chances and putting the ref in that situation. We want our players to stay on their feet, run with them and make the other player to make bad decisions.

"This isn't about Dedryck, it's about everyone in the defence. We have had some issues with red cards before. It's important to be honest. I will never say anything negative of a player personally, a decision on the pitch."

Boyata joined Celtic in the summer from Manchester City and has been a regular feature under Deila in his debut campaign, scoring six goals in 36 appearances in all competitions.

Meanwhile, the Bhoys were fortunate not to see their lead at the top of the SPL table cut to four points as Aberdeen were held at home by St. Johnstone after the leaders could manage only a point on Friday night.

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